Workshop - Change Management for Leadership

Workshop - Change Management for Leadership

Is your organization facing significant change you didn’t choose? Want your people to perform as well as they can when things are topsy-turvy? Positive that you need a strategy to guide you and your people through the uncertain times?

Our first step in getting ahead of the change is to combine what we know about the change with our best intuition about the change to foresee possible impacts on our people and their work. With these impacts in mind, we’ll take our second step: using our organization’s mission as a tool for focusing on what’s most important. Our third step is to prioritize: we’ll prioritize the proactive steps we’ll take before the time of change, the adjustments we’ll make during the time of change, and the behaviors we want to demonstrate when the ground gets shaky. Caring for our people is an important part of successfully adapting, and we’ll learn what to expect from them during change and some techniques for helping people be effective while they are coming to terms with their new world. A critical step of getting ahead of the change is making use of any benefits it offers: we’ll spend some time identifying opportunities in the face of change.

Bring Your Organizational Truth, Get Into Action

This seminar is active. Participants should arrive at the seminar with a sentence or two describing the change in their organization.

Each organization or team will plot a course for itself during the day: prioritizing critical performance areas, planning actions for the period preceding change and the period of change, and clarifying staff roles and responsibilities.

Managers or teams of managers are encouraged to attend: the teams can delve into broader coordination of change-management efforts.

Friday August 10, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Key Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, attendees will be better able to:  

  1. Assess impacts created by the change on their organization’s mission and offerings
  2. Clarify high-value objectives for the high-change period
  3. Identify managerial opportunities within the high-change period
  4. Recognize emotional processes associated with change
  5. Guide teams in planning the organizational shifts that must accompany significant change
  6. Remove barriers preventing adoption of new tools and methods


“[I loved] using my organization as a framework for a positive mindset. [We learned] how to prepare for change and embrace it as it progresses.” 

--Anonymous, City of Portland

“Chris has a great energy and very clearly understands this topic. Perfect mix of discussion and worksheets. Worksheets are extremely useful and I will use them to guide me in the future.”

--Anonymous, City of Portland

“I will be able to apply the concepts in the class at my job right away.”

--Anonymous, City of Portland

“The course was very engaging with a good balance of presentation vs. activity. What I especially appreciate is how approachable the material is.”

--Anonymous, City of Portland

“Excellent facilitator. Kept us engaged and provided real-world insights on change management, leadership skills, and knowledge.”

--Anonymous, City of Portland

“This may have been the best course I’ve ever taken, seriously. Thank you!”    

--Anonymous, City of Portland


About the Presenter

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Christopher Dennis has been developing, delivering and evaluating solutions since 1988. He has an unusual breadth and depth of experience, working at the intersection of people, process, and technology.

Chris’s insights into innovations and the people they serve were developed during six years on staff at MIT. Product and process development, validating problem-solving approaches, and project management are a regular part of his work. Chris has experience in fields as varied as utility operations, music publishing, food manufacturing, and quantum electronics. This broad exposure makes Chris acutely aware that surfacing and implementing new ideas is fundamentally important to business outcomes.

As a collaborator, Chris uses uncommon skill to solve the challenges of communication, leadership, and teamwork. He has rapidly integrated himself into the culture of dozens of for-profits, non-profits and municipalities. Having traveled to more than thirty-five countries, he is adept at addressing the barriers that arise when working across boundaries.

As a teacher, Chris brings insight without loss of detail or subtlety. Experienced with traditional classrooms and virtual ones, with workplace learners and degree-seeking college students, he constructs learning time that helps make immediate progress and builds minds effective at solving longer-term problems. His array of topics is remarkably wide, including project management, physical education, and microelectronics manufacturing.



  • $425 Non-members
  • $325 Chapter Members
  • $175 Chapter Student Members
  • $25 Earlybird Discount for registrations by 7/29/2018
  • $50 Late Fee for registrations after 8/8/2018
  • Registration closes 8/10/2018

Registration Info

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Portland World Trade Center
25 SW Salmon
Portland, OR, 97204

  • Parking available at attendee's expense
  • Continental breakfast and lunch provided.  


The course will apply to the PMP, PMI-ACP, RMP and SP. It will be 8 PDUs and the PMI Triangle breakdown will be:
  • Business/Strategy = 4 PDUs
  • Leadership = 4 PDUs
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Check upcoming presenters on the Our Speakers web page.

Event Properties

Event Date 08-10-2018 8:30 am
Event End Date 08-10-2018 5:30 pm
Registration Start Date 07-08-2018
Cut off date 08-10-2018 11:55 pm
Individual Price $425.00
Late Fee $50.00(From 08-08-2018)
Location 2WTC Building, World Trade Center Portland
We are no longer accepting registration for this event


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